ASIDE from the beach and out-of-town trips as our vacation activities, another thing we anticipate for summer break is satisfying our cravings. And what best to crave during the hot season than seafood, right?
On my day off, I went to this new Seafood & Paluto Restaurant in Obrero which I found via recommendations from friends. It stands at the old site for Espetada House of the Hanging Chicken Restaurant in Sobrecarey Street. Today, DimYum Seafood Restaurant and this Paluto restaurant owns the spot (made sure to highlight this, because I got confused with signboards).
The restaurant has that upbeat vibe from its modern and urban interior. I ate together with a group so we had a lot on the table. There were prawns, a few crabs cooked in different ways, and a hot fish soup to balance all the saucy meals.
Before the dishes were served, we had a small chitchat about the place and learned that the seafood ingredients are caught from the beaches of Samar and Surigao. Then, cook fresh here. A few more minutes and the food were placed-- looks like a feast with all your mother's friends arriving. Except that you are allowed to eat with your hands while you undmindfully enjoy your crabs!
Among everything that we had, Salted Egg Crab was my favorite. It tastes deliciously good- one that does not need too much rice to balance the saltiness. You would even scrape its sauce to pour atop your hot rice for a tastier spoon.
Because we always sauteed squid as viand at home, I intentionally ignored it so I can have more of the Salted Crab but Ate Jenny and her husband, Sir Sonny Boy said that I should try it. I only had some when there were only little that's left and it is really delicious.
I like that the chef's take of cooking seafood is not too compliant of being Pinoy (my definition of Pinoy palate is too salty, me being raised in a family who are Ilocano by roots). It is just right.
The seafood experience overall is okay.
The crab meat is cooked inside out and tender at bite. The fish soup is also a good addition for a set of salty and saucy dish. It is like the funny icebreaker in the middle of a serious forum.
But if you are into everything salty, then their Bulad Rice is perfect for you to dig in. It is mixed with bits of stir-fried egg and dots of Bolinao.
Overall, the experience is good and it very well satisfied my cravings for seafood that's cooked to my liking. If you also want yours personalized, you can tell the staff how you would want your food to taste like.
Now if we have the same cravings for the summer, you know where to go!